Comedy comes in different shapes and sizes. There is a whole study dedicated to types of humor and comedy, so it’s no surprise that there are a lot of different comedians out there. Different people have different senses of humor, so there’s something for everyone. Now, the interesting thing is that comedy is usually associated with liberal views, since conservatives aren’t usually that free to discuss and mock certain topics. Bu, there are conservative comedians and some of them are truly great. In this article, we are going to bring you a list of the 20 funniest conservative comedians of all time.
20. Tim Allen
In 1990, thanks to a starring role in the series Home Improvement, he became globally famous. He became a regular face of family series with humor and during the final season, he received 1.25 million dollars, being, along with the actors of Friends, the actor who received the most money. His success continued with family comedies like A Native in New York.
He has also participated in films such as A Crazy Christmas, For Richer or Poorer, Jungle 2 Jungle and Wild Hogs where he shared the screen with John Travolta and Martin Lawrence among others. He also had the opportunity to voice the character Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story tetralogy.
On the other hand, he has written two best-selling books: Do n’t stand too close to a naked man and I’m not really here. Since 2011, he has starred in the series One for All. In 2018, he again voiced Buzz Lightyear in the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Ralph Breaks the Internet in a cameo appearance.
19. Rob Schneider
Born in San Francisco to an American father of German-Jewish descent and an American mother of Filipino descent, Schneider began performing as a stand-up comedian after graduation, until in 1987 he won an award aimed at new comedians, which offered him the opportunity to debut on television in Saturday Night Live, the leading comedy program of the NBC network.
After several appearances in US television series, he made his film debut with Spaceballs 2 (1989), directed by David Odell. Schneider is known for his role in Home Alone 2 (1992), alongside Macaulay Culkin, in which he plays a pain in the ass at the Hotel Plaza in New York. Later he participated in the action film Dredd (1995), playing Fergie, a weird criminal just out of prison.
Nominated several times for the Razzie Awards, he won the satirical award as the worst actor of the year for Deuce Bigalow (2005).
18. Louie Anderson
Anderson was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The second of eleven children, in 2006 during an interview for WTF with Marc Maron he stated that his mother Ora Zella had 16 pregnancies, but in five cases, the firstborn and later twins, the children died at birth. In another interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert he called his father abusive.
Anderson attended Johnson Senior High in Saint Paul. Very active in the eighties in Eddie Murphy’s films and in other television appearances, appreciated for his chubby figure, in the nineties, he appeared in various films in a minor role. From 1994 to 1998 he produced the autobiographical cartoon Life with Louie, wrote four books and, from 1999 to 2002, hosted the TV game show Family Feud.
For his character in the FX Baskets series he received a Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016 in the category of “Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series”; in the next two years he received two more nominations. On January 18, 2022, Anderson was announced to be admitted to a Las Vegas hospital for lymphoma. Anderson died on January 21, 2022, at the age of 68.
17. Jackie Mason
Born Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Jackie Mason grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York. He graduated in arts from the City College of New York. At 25, he became a rabbi (like his three brothers, his father, his grandfather and his great-grandfather) in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Three years later, he quit to become an actor. His first Broadway show, The World According To Me, ran for two years and won him the Critics Circle Award, a Tony Award, and a Grammy. Mason still holds the record for the most one-man shows in Broadway history.
He has received numerous honors, including from South African President Nelson Mandela, the University of Oxford, President George H.W. Bush, and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He has also attended eight Royal Command shows for Queen Elizabeth II, more than any other American performer, and he is the only American to have presented the show.
16. Adam Sandler
Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer and musician. Distinguished in the 1990s as an author and later cast member of the Saturday Night Live television program, Sandler then established himself with the general public by taking part in numerous successful Hollywood productions, for an average of one hundred million dollars at the box office.
He was, for two consecutive years, the third highest paid actor of the year according to Forbes magazine, earning $ 40 million in 2011 and $ 37 million in 2012. Sandler is also the founder of the film production company Happy Madison Productions, named in honor of two of his first successful films: The Unpredictable Dude (Happy Gilmore) and Billy Madison. Among other things, his production company also developed the sitcom Rules of Engagement.
15. Chevy Chase
Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. Born into an illustrious New York family, he had several jobs before turning to comedy and starting to perform with National Lampoon. He became a key cast member on the first season of Saturday Night Live, where his recurring Weekend Update segment became a series staple.
As a performer and songwriter, he earned three Primetime Emmy Awards out of five nominations. Chase had his first starring film role in the comedy Messy (1978), which earned him two Golden Globe Award nominations. He is also known for his portrayals of Clark W. Griswold in five National Lampoon’s Vacation films and Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher in Fletch on the Trail (1985) and its sequel Gone Fletch! (1989).
He hosted the Academy Awards twice (1987 and 1988) and briefly hosted his own late-night talk show, The Chevy Chase Show (1993). He played the character Pierce Hawthorne on NBC’s comedy series Community from 2009 to 2014.
14. Patrice O’Neal
Patrice Malcolm O’Neal was an American comedian, comedian and actor. He grew up in Boston and developed an interest in sharp jokes at a young age. Patrice Malcolm O’Neal was born on December 7, 1969 in New York. O’Neal first performed in October 1992 in Boston. O’Neal was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 23, a condition his mother also had.
However, O’Neal did not follow medical advice and skipped doses of medication and adopted a diet that was not recommended for diabetics. Towards the end of his life, O’Neal tried to improve his health by adopting a vegan diet, making juice, and reducing his intake of unhealthy foods, but he still could not lose weight. On November 29, 2011, O’Neal died of complications from his stroke. He was 41 years old.
13. Joan Rivers
Joan Alexandra Molinsky, better known as Joan Rivers, was born on June 8, 1933 in New York and died on September 4, 2014 in the same city. Joan Rivers is one of the most famous American television hosts (from 1980 to 2010) known for her controversial humor; in addition she was a television producer, a businesswoman, a writer, a comedian and an actress.
She became known to the American public from 1965, as host of The Tonight Show alongside Johnny Carson. In 1986, she created, produced and hosted her own talk show, The Late Show, on the Fox Network, then The Joan Rivers Show. From 1994, she created and produced various shows and television programs with her daughter Melissa Rivers.
12. Bill Engvall
Engvall first started his career as a DJ before he appeared as a stand-up comedian at the Dallas Comedy Corner, among others. After leaving Texas, he finally came to Los Angeles via St. Louis. He first gained notoriety among television audiences in the early 1990s with a guest appearance on The Tonight Show.
Two years later, he landed a recurring guest role on the ABC sitcom Delta, which was quickly canceled. From the mid-1990s, his standup performances were also released as albums. His debut album, Here’s Your Sign, peaked at number 50 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. Subsequent releases did not achieve comparable success, but the second album Dorkfish was awarded a gold record.
Along with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White, he appeared on the hit US comedy tour Blue Collar Comedy Tour in the early 2000s. In 2003, the performance in Phoenix, Arizona, was recorded and released in cinemas as Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie. Due to its success, two sequels followed in 2004 and 2006, although they were released as direct-to-video.
11. Bernie Mac
Bernie Mac grew up in a large family. He lost his mother to breast cancer when he was young, and two of his brothers also died earlier. In 1977, at the age of 19, Mac became a professional comedian. He made his film debut in 1992. This was followed by several roles in various films, mostly comedies. A successful film for Mac was his role “Flip” in the 1994 film Above The Rim, opposite rapper and actor Tupac Shakur.
He got his break in film in 2001 with his role in the hit film Ocean’s Eleven. Since then, Mac has been a regular in major film productions, including Bad Santa, Guess Who! and the Ocean’s Eleven sequels.
Bernie Mac had been married since 1977 and had one daughter. Since 1983 he suffered from pulmonary sarcoidosis. Bernie Mac died on August 9, 2008 at the age of 50 from complications of pneumonia. The film Madagascar 2 was dedicated to him posthumously. The film Soul Men was dedicated to him and Isaac Hayes.
10. Jeff Dunham
Jeff Dunhamis an American ventriloquist and standup comedian best known for his various hand-made hand puppets, to which he gives voice. His dolls include a so-called Woozle named Peanut, a grumpy old man named Walter, a dead terrorist named Achmed, Jeff’s African-American manager Sweet Daddy Dee, a superhero named Melvin, a southerner named Bubba J. who loves beer and NASCAR and José Jalapeño – a talking chili pepper on a stick. In his performances, Dunham likes to play the morally perfect human opposite his puppets, who usually don’t behave particularly well.
9. Jeff Foxworthy
Jeff Foxworthy comes from a Baptist family. He first attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and worked for IBM for a number of years. From the mid-1980s he became known in his home region as a stand-up comedian. The trademark of his performances were the self-deprecating redneck jokes about the rural underclass. He was seen on television in the 1990s and went triple platinum in 1995 with his debut comedy album.
At the time, he had his own family sitcom, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, which aired on ABC and NBC. From 2000 he was part of the successful US comedy tour Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which also produced a TV sketch show in 2004-2006. From 2007 he was the host of the quiz show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? at Fox. From 2012 to 2014 he hosted The American Bible Challenge, a biblical quiz show.
8. Bob Hope
Bob Hope, born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in London (England) and died on July 27, 2003 in Toluca Lake (Los Angeles, California), was an American actor, stand-up comedian, singer, humorist, athlete and writer of British origin. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope has appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, with 54 feature films as a lead star, including a series of seven musicals titled Road to…, including Bing Crosby as Hope’s most popular partner.
In addition to being the 19-time host of the Academy Awards in motion pictures, more than any other host, he has appeared in numerous stage productions and television roles, and has written 14 books. The song “Thanks for the Memory” was his signature tune and became his signature.
7. Sam Kinison
Kinison was born in Yakima. He was the son of Marie and Samuel Kinison. His father was a pastor, he worked in various churches across the country. The family moved frequently, including living in Tulsa, Oklahoma and East Peoria. He attended community high school in East Peoria. After school he followed in his father’s footsteps. He attended Pinecrest Bible Training Center at Salisbury Center in New York.
After divorcing his first wife, he left office and began his career as a comedian, initially in small clubs in Houston. Kinison played with his former role as a preacher, with satirical and sacrilegious shots at the Bible.
Kinison’s daring comedy propelled him to rapid success. In 1985 he had an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. In 1986 he made his film debut. Kinison died in a traffic accident on April 10, 1992 while en route to a sold-out show in Laughlin, Nevada. He was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa.
6. Rita Rudner
Rudner was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Frances, a homemaker, and Abe Rudner, an attorney. Her mother dies when Rita is 13 years old. After graduating from high school at age 15, Rudner left Miami for New York to pursue dance studies and become a dancer. She appeared in several Broadway shows, in now-legendary original productions like Follies and Mack and Mabel.
She only turned to humor from the age of 25, after noticing how much the fairer sex was under-represented in the world of humor compared to that of dance. She then strived to study the style and humor of Jack Benny, Woody Allen and Bob Newhart, among others, and develops her own style of humor.
She took her first steps as a comedian in the comedy clubs of New York, then performed on stage nationally. Her success was such that she managed to land a television performance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show in 1988.
5. Jay Leno
Born in New York, Leno graduated from Emerson College in the early 1970s and had a successful television career well into the 90s. His style was influenced by Don Rickels, Johnny Carson, Bob Newhart. Leno has voiced small roles in many popular animated series, most notably in South Park, The Simpsons, and Family Guy Despite significant success, Jay Leno’s demeanor and image are often criticized.
4. Ron White
Ron White is an American comedian living in Fritch, Texas. He is a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which helped him rise to acting status following the release of the DVD version of that tour. Ron is the only member of the Blue Collar team who does not appear in the Blue Collar TV series; he nevertheless made frequent guest appearances there.
In 2005, Warner Bros. produced the pilot episode of The Ron White Show, a variety show that featured a mix of celebrity cameo appearances in shows, movies or shows, cartoons, and sketches. Ron White is known to smoke cigars and drink scotch during his performances, although his glasses of scotch are believed to actually contain apple juice.
3. Larry the Cable Guy
Daniel Lawrence Whitney began his career in the early 1990s as a radio host in Blue Springs, Missouri. He is best known as a stand-up comedian in the stage character Larry the Cable Guy, a backwoods cable TV tech with a thick Southern accent who tells stereotypical stories about his family. Several comedy albums by Larry the Cable Guy have been released in the United States.
In 2006, Whitney began working as a voice actor on the animated film Cars, using the stage name Larry the Cable Guy. In the same year he made his first feature film, The Health Inspector. Whitney is married and has two children. From September to October 2021, Whitney took part in the sixth season of the US version of The Masked Singer as a baby, in which he finished twelfth out of a total of 16 places.
2. David Spade
David Wayne Spade is an American comedian, stand-up comedian, actor, screenwriter, imitator, television host and television producer. He made his debut in the American media scene in the nineties, when he was sanctioned by the cult comedy program Saturday Night Live. From 1997 to 2003 he played Dennis Finch in Just Shoot Me!. He also appeared in 8 Simple Rules as C.J. Barnes, along with Katey Sagal, James Garner and Kaley Cuoco. He played the part of Russell Dunbar on the CBS sitcom The Rules of Engagement. He also worked with TBS on an animated series based on his film Joe Dirt.
1. Norm Macdonald
Norman Gene “Norm” MacDonald was a Canadian stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and actor known for his dry style and poetic, sometimes dated, phrasing. He has appeared in numerous films throughout his career and was a regular favorite of talk show hosts, and for many he was the ultimate late night comedy guest.
Early in his career, MacDonald’s first television work included writing for comedies such as Roseanne and The Dennis Miller Show. In 1993, MacDonald was hired as a writer and cast member for Saturday Night Live (SNL), where he starred for a total of five seasons, including hosting the show’s Weekend Update segment for three and a half seasons.
After being fired from SNL, he wrote and starred in the film Dirty Work (1998). From 1999 to 2001 he had his own sitcom The Norm Show. MacDonald was also a voice actor and is best known for his roles in the series Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Orville and the Dr. Known from the Dolittle films.